Leadership Building A Team

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Briefing to leadership course on building teams with emphasis on effective and ineffective teams.

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Leadership Building A Team

  1. 1. Building A Team From Within Effective team strategies
  2. 2. Building A Team From Within <ul><li>My background </li></ul><ul><li>Effective team strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of effective teams </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of ineffective teams </li></ul><ul><li>Leader: build your team </li></ul><ul><li>Perform manager maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Team member considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Things that worked </li></ul><ul><li>A winning formula </li></ul>
  3. 3. My background <ul><li>Journalist since 1974 in high school, Willingboro, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>Public Affairs/Public Relations & journalism, 35 years </li></ul><ul><li>24 years AF experience </li></ul><ul><li>7 years as a PR and Protocol chief on a DOD Joint Staff contract (Alion Science and Technology) </li></ul><ul><li>2+ years as a strategic communications analyst on a Navy contract (Booz Allen Hamilton) </li></ul><ul><li>PhD candidate, Public Admin and Urban Policy, ODU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissertation: social media and individual perceptions of performance </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Effective team strategies <ul><li>Ideas or approaches I use when building teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective creation and growth requires collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team building is so important because every player fills one of the roles – leader, manager, team member – at one time or another </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is true whether someone is assigned that role or is in a problem solving or role-playing situation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build effective teams that see the path to the goal, understanding the journey, and fully commit to achieving that goal </li></ul>
  5. 5. Characteristics of effective teams <ul><li>Clear purpose, roles and work assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Informal, participative, listening environment </li></ul><ul><li>Civilized Disagreement </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Open Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>External Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Style Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Assessment </li></ul>NOTE: “Team Players and Teamwork: The New Competitive Business Strategy” by Glenn M. Parker.
  6. 6. Characteristics of ineffective teams <ul><li>Difficult describing mission; what’s the goal? </li></ul><ul><li>Great deal of participation but little accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>There is talk but not much communication </li></ul><ul><li>Disagreements aired in private conversations after meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Formal leader decides without involving other members </li></ul><ul><li>Members are not open with each other because trust is low </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion or disagreement about roles or work assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Other organization members key to the team’s success do not cooperate </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings are formal, stuffy or tense </li></ul>
  7. 7. Leader: build your team <ul><li>Create team understanding of the goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Why are we together?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stress effective communications in all directions </li></ul><ul><li>Be a working member </li></ul><ul><li>Hold everyone accountable </li></ul>
  8. 8. Manager: maintain operations <ul><li>Strive for consistency of action </li></ul><ul><li>Stay focused on the goal </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate effectively based on well-defined goals and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for creativity </li></ul>
  9. 9. Team member considerations <ul><li>Understand the agenda and your role </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalize on your strengths to help the team </li></ul><ul><li>Assume personal responsibility AND accountability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Either all the way in or all the way out </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support the team’s efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Be the best team member you can be </li></ul>
  10. 10. Things that worked <ul><li>Open Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Share Significant Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm Additional Solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be An Agile Thinker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Ready To Take Action </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. A winning formula <ul><li>Define your purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Set a measurable goal </li></ul><ul><li>Establish roles and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Set timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Step back and check your work </li></ul><ul><li>Finalize your action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up and get feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Make course corrections if necessary </li></ul>
  12. 12. Recap <ul><li>Build The Team </li></ul><ul><li>Manage Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate Committed Team Members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Either All The Way In Or All The Way Out! </li></ul></ul>

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